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The EU and the Global South


Admission requirements

Registration for the Minor European Union Studies or admission to the pre-master European Union Studies.


Economic Partnership Agreements, migration, military intervention; relations between the Global South and the European Union are making the headlines. In this course we will examine these relations and analyse the interaction from both Global South and European perspectives. We will cover a range of policy areas to see how this entanglement plays out in relation to topics such as (geo)politics, economics, migration and culture.
Since a number of the countries that joined the European project were colonial powers, we will draw on contemporary as well as historical perspectives to understand relations between the EU and the Global South.
The title of the course covers a huge terrain. To make this manageable, we will analyse relations between the EU and the Global South on a number of levels. We will not just focus on a continental (Europe, Latin America etc), or an institutional approach (European Union, ASEAN etc.), but use a number of different units of analysis and for example examine relations between the Global South and Europe on more individual levels as well.
Course materials include academic texts, contemporary pamphlets, blogs, videos, podcasts and exhibitions.

Course objectives

After completing this course you will:

  • have acquired knowledge about and insights in:
    The relationship between the EU and the Global South from a number of angles,
    The question of positionality when conducting research or enaging in public debate.

  • be familiar with approaches from international relations/European Union Studies and political, economic, cultural and migration history.

  • be able to set up an academic and/or policy oriented research project and write about it for a number of different types of outlets.

  • have acquired some familiarity with using different forms of representation (written/visual/audio).


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Assessment and weighing

  • Active participation/cooperation in class/group 25%

  • Presentation 25%

  • Final paper 50%


It will be possible to resit the final paper.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The Syllabus with the required reading will be made available on Brightspace before the start of the course.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Huizinga


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